Sara has a genuine passion and commitment to her clients. She is well regarded by Solicitors and Defendants alike and her meticulous approach to preparation has earned her a good reputation in court. Although Sara is warm and approachable in nature, she is well known to vigorously fight for her clients.
Sara has been involved in a number of lengthy trials and has experience dealing with particularly voluminous evidence in an effective and organised manner. She has established a busy Crown Court practice, has acted for clients in the Court of Appeal and has also been led in more serious and complex matters. She has experience defending the full spectrum of criminal offences, including: serious violence and offences against the person; violent disorder and affray; kidnap, false imprisonment and blackmail; firearm offences and possession of offensive weapons; arson; robbery, burglary and theft; a wide variety of fraud and dishonesty offences; sexual offences (and Sexual Offences Prevention Orders etc); child cruelty; drug trafficking; confiscation proceedings; immigration act offences; possession of false identity documents and motoring offences such as dangerous driving etc
Sara has experience defending care home professionals who have been charged with offences under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. She also has a particular interest in terrorist offences and charges brought under the 2000 and 2006 Terrorism Act.
Sara recently assisted in the case of R v Domenyk Lattlay-Fottfoy (formerly Noonan) who was cleared of 6 charges concerning the false imprisonment and rape of a 15 year old boy. Consequently, Sara has gained a valuable insight into the often difficult and complex relationship between the Criminal and Family law Jurisdictions, especially in relation to the disclosure of sensitive material which is the property of the family court. Click here
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Sara also has experience of defending gang injunctions (“Gangbo’s”) in the civil courts brought under the Policing and Crime Act 2009. She was instructed in the first case to be brought by Salford City Council and is currently involved in a matter which has been transferred to the High Court to determine whether Sections 34 and 35 of the Act are incompatible with Articles 6, 8, 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
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Sara also delivers training seminars on a range of criminal law topics, including bad character, hearsay, defence statements and disclosure etc.
Sara previously practised in chambers in London, however relocated to Manchester to be near her family. Before coming to the Bar, Sara worked for the Glasgow Homelessness Network. She held the only specific equalities role and remit within the organisation and worked closely with a number of individuals and families who had experienced varying forms of exclusion and discrimination. In particular she gained experience of vulnerable groups including women working in prostitution and women fleeing domestic abuse; dispersed asylum seekers and those with mental health illnesses and / or physical disabilities.
Before practising at the Criminal Bar, Sara also worked as a Freelance Advocate (Legal Practice Clerk) undertaking a wide variety of County Court hearings.
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3/11/14 Chambers UK 2015 recommends GCN in Band 1
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21/10/14 David Campion on JR of Employment Tribunal fees
10/10/14 Pete Weatherby QC wins Legal 500 Regional Silk Award 2014
9/10/14 Zimran Samuel wins Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year 2014
3/10/14 Clerks "first class" in Legal 500 2014
26/9/14 Legal Aid, Labour and a 'manifesto for hope'
10/9/14 Mikhil Karnik joins GCN immigration team
28/8/14 Supreme Court challenge to Cat A prisoner's refusal of oral hearing
28/8/14 No Mad Laws Campaign
13/8/14 3-judge Upper Tribunal panel critical of LAA
ECtHR ruling on prisoners votes
1/8/14 Clare Ashcroft on BBC Radio4 Woman's Hour
31/7/14 Murder conviction quashed at re-trial
30/7/14 Unlawful council tax reduction scheme
22/7/14 Unlawful killing verdict in toddler inquest
21/7/14 "Bricks and mortar" interim accommodation
16/7/14 CART-type JR permission granted
16/7/14 Lucy Mair on Litigants in Person following legal aid cuts
10/7/14 Zimran Samuel expert evidence in Pakistan CG case
9/6/14 Vijay Jagadesham on students and veracity checks
24/4/14 GCN's Lucy Mair shortlisted for LALY award
24/4/14 David Campion awarded Master of Laws in Employment Law
28/3/14 Angry GCN Members oppose CBA decision to discontinue protests against legal aid cuts
19/3/14 Lucy Mair contributes to BHRC Report
17/3/14 Zimran Samuel contributes to BHRC report
11/3/14 GCN Sponsor Legal Justice Together: Call for Action
03/3/14 Scott v Pacific Mortgages in Supreme Court
28/2/14 Tom Royston on Bedroom Tax
20/2/14 Police Call Handler Unanimously Acquitted of Misconduct
19/12/13 Breach of PSED in the provision of women’s approved premises
Richard Brigden acting for anti fracking protesters
3/12/13 MoJ VHCC list clarification
28/11/13 Employment status of a CoE priest
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